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Blog ambivalence: a clarification

Most of the responses to my recent musings on blogs and the mainstream media run as follows: So, you're saying the blogosphere praises the MSM when it does well and chide it when it does poorly. Big fucking deal!

Actually, that's not what I'm saying. What I'm saying is that when the MSM makes a mistake, the b-sphere pans it as fatally flawed. But when the MSM praises the b-sphere, or gives it some free publicity, the b-sphere nearly pisses itself because it's so excited. Which means the various analogies posited to make my argument sound ridiculous (Santa gives presents to good kids and coal to bad ones; I cheer a quarterback when he does well and jeer when he does poorly, etc.) don't actually work.

Sorry to make things complicated.

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